A bill sponsored by Senator Jeff Mullis to raise the minimum age to purchase or possess cigarettes, tobacco products, tobacco related objects or alternative nicotine products (such as vaping devices) from 18 to 21 has been signed into law.
A press release on the new law provides information on the new law.
“On July 22nd, Gov. Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 375, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga).The bill raises the minimum age to purchase or possess cigarettes, tobacco products, tobacco related objects or alternative nicotine products (such as vaping devices) from 18 to 21.
“Many young people across the state have adopted the use of alternative tobacco products, which can cause devastating, life-long effects,” said Sen. Mullis. “The use of vaping devices, specifically, has become widespread across the state and has particularly become a problem in our schools. By raising the minimum age to purchase or possess cigarettes, vapor devices or other harmful tobacco products, we are putting safeguards in place to protect our children from the harmful, addictive effects of nicotine. I would like to thank Ridgeland High School faculty, including Bruce Coker, John Logan, Dr. Robert Stinson and all others who were instrumental in helping with and inspiring SB 375.”
Senate Bill 375, which was carried by Rep. Bonnie Rich (R – Suwanee) in the House, also grants law enforcement the authority to seize certain tobacco related products from those who do not meet the age requirement and outlines the punishment for those found in violation, including community service, mandatory participation in a tobacco awareness program or the suspension of a driver’s license.”
Section 1 of SB 375 went into effect on July 22, 2020. Section 2 of the bill will become effective January 1, 2021. The full text of the bill can be read at this link: http://www.legis.ga.gov/